in february, globalstar received permission from a bankruptcy court to continue normal operations while it restructures.
range: global, except for india, southeast asia, arctic/antarctic, and most of africa.
basic subscription: packages start at about $25 per month, with discounted minutes offered for high-usage packages. globalstar sells its products and services through resellers, and directly to the customer.
rates: $0.89 to $1.49 per minute. long distance charges when calling to or from the u.s., and roaming charges of $1.09 to $1.99 outside of home calling area, may also apply.
rental/lease: start at $65 per week, with call rates of $2 to $2.50 per minute.
equipment: qualcomm gsp 1600 tri-mode handset, $899. also a special maritime phone, car kit, aviation kit, data kit, and a solar power kit.
contact: (877) 728-7466; www.globalstarusa.com
iridium satellite llc
iridium satellite llc purchased the iridium satellite network in december 2000 after its original owners filed for bankruptcy.
range: everywhere on earth.
basic subscription: depends on the iridium service partner, but start around $20 per month, with a $60 one-time sign-up charge.
rates: $1 to $1.50 per minute. no roaming or long-distance charges.
rental/lease: start at $125 per week, plus call rates of $1.84 per minute.
equipment: motorola 9505 handset, $1,494. special products are also available for the aviation and maritime markets.
contact: (866) 947-4348; www.iridium.com